ENDURE, the European Network for the Durable Exploitation of Crop Protection Strategies, is a Network of Excellence (NoE) funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework programme.
ENDURE brings together more than 300 researchers in the fields of agronomy, biology, ecology, economics and the social sciences from 18 organisations in 10 European countries. They are committed to the ENDURE NoE for four years (2007-2010).
Four themes cutting across all the various ENDURE projects have been identified and provide a coherent approach to achieving its objectives
To find out more, visit the What is ENDURE? Pages.
There is general consensus across Europe that not enough knowledge generated in the research sphere translates into changes in agricultural practices and, conversely, that innovations generated in collaboration with multiple stakeholders have a far greater chance of producing appropriate and widely used solutions. Against this background, the European Commission launched European Innovation Partnerships, and ENDURE is seeking to build on this momentum with a co-innovation seminar and workshop focused on crop protection within sustainable agriculture.
A short course dedicated to 'Mathematical Modelling for Sustainable Management of Crop Health' is being held in Italy in January and is open to PhD students, post-doctorates and researchers who want to better understand the use of models for plant protection, either because they will be interacting with models or modellers, or because they intend to develop models themselves.
The first annual meeting of the SUSTAIN (Pathogen-informed strategies for sustainable broad-spectrum crop resistance) Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action takes place this October, bringing together European scientists and breeders seeking to translate breakthroughs in plant-pathogen interaction research into effective breeding strategies for durable disease resistance in cereal and Solanaceous crops.
A new project has been launched to promote the development of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices for the sustainable control of the leafminer Tuta absoluta and the spotted wing fly Drosophila suzukii, invasive pests of tomato and fruit crops respectively.
Candidates for the fourth International Summer School in Agroecology (ISSAE), being held at the Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique in Toulouse, south-west France, have until May 30 to complete their application.
A European team of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) experts has completed a preliminary analysis of the most urgent research and extension needs for accelerating the development of IPM across the European Union.
A pan-European group of weed specialists has examined the possibilities for using non-chemical methods for weed control in reduced tillage arable systems. The review covers the redesigning of cropping systems, cover crops, stubble management strategies, tactics to strengthen crop growth relative to weed growth and direct mechanical weed control methods. Lead author Bo Melander, of Denmark’s Aarhus University, explains more:
In the quest to provide agricultural advisers with new tools to accompany a reduction in pesticide use, the New Advisers project has tested three learning approaches in eight European countries. The results of these trials are now being analysed and, eventually, instructional manuals and videos will be produced to encourage their wider use.
Making the leap from success in the laboratory to success in the field will be the theme of the sixth meeting of the IOBC’s ‘Induced resistance in plants against insects and diseases’ working group.
INRA's Mycology and Food Safety research unit is organising the 12th European Fusarium Seminar to be held in Bordeaux May 12-16, 2013. The conference brings together researchers, breeders, industry representatives, and policy makers concerned by Fusarium diseases and the reduction of mycotoxins in cereals. It provides an international forum to address the current state of the art in Fusarium biology and crop resistance breeding.